Words from the Heart for Wednesday July 29th, 2020
Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.
Ephesians 6:13 (NLT)
Agnes Macphail was the first woman elected to Canada’s House of Commons. It was the first federal election after women won the right to vote. Her first hurdle was to win the nomination as the candidate from the United Farmers of Ontario. Of the two dozen nominees, Macphail was the only female and there was only one woman among all the voting delegates from across the riding. She won on the seventh ballot. Having second thoughts, the riding executive eventually asked Macphail to give up the nomination, so a man could run instead. She stood firm and refused.
Since the early days of warfare, armed forces have recognized the need for both offense and defence. The earliest soldiers designed shields to protect against the spears and stones that were being thrown at them by the enemy. It helped them stand firm against what was being fired at them. The Romans became world conquerors because they perfected such defensive armour. Paul used a Roman soldier as an example of how a Christian ought to fight the spiritual battle in which we find ourselves each day – the battle against temptation and sin. So he writes this in Ephesians 6:13: “Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm.” God doesn’t leave us defenceless. His desire is that we would walk in victory. So He gives us His Word, the presence of the Holy Spirit and other believers, all to help us stand firm no matter how challenging the battle gets. Be sure to put on the armour God provides each and every day.
These have been words from the heart.